Adromischus caryophyllaceus (Burm.f.) Lem.
In Afrikaans commonly known as Nentabossie (Little Nenta Bush).
Cotyledon caryophyllacea (basionym), Adromischus bolusii, Adromischus grandiflorus, Adromischus jasminiflorus, Cotyledon bolusii, Cotyledon jasminiflora
Adromischus caryophyllaceus is a multi-stemmed, succulent perennial, growing up to 14 inches (35 cm) tall when in flower. Its branches may be erect or decumbent. The leaves are pale blue-green or grey-green to yellow-green, up to 1.2 inches (3.5 cm) long and up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) wide. Maroon coloring is often found close to the upper parts of leaf margins. The tubular flowers are up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) long and open into 5-lobed corollas. The corolla has bright pink or purple lines down the center of each lobe into the throat.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Many species are easy to grow in any free-draining, gritty compost. Their compact habit allows a collection to be maintained in a small space and they grow well on any sunny window ledge or the top shelf of the greenhouse. Water mostly from spring to fall and let them dry out between waterings. Adromischus tolerates cool, frost-free conditions during the winter if kept dry. It is as well to keep water off the foliage during the winter. Mealybugs and vine weevils can be discouraged with a systemic insecticide.
Adromischus can be propagated from a single leaf, which should be placed against the side of the pot so that the stem end is just touching the compost. Some species drop their leaves easily and although each leaf will form a new plant it can be a challenge to grow a large specimen. In other cases, leaves for propagation must be carefully detached with a sharp knife.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Adromischus.
Adromischus caryophyllaceus is native to South Africa (Western Cape from Hermanus and Worcester, the southern Cape coastal area and the Little Karoo to about Uniondale).
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